I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons lately, and have (for the most part) enjoyed the change. Still it was a great treat to pick up Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard and come back to one of my favorite eras, 19th Century England.
I was intrigued from the opening lines,
Something would have to be done about Ariana. All winter, Miss Ariana Forsythe, aged nineteen, had been going about the house sighing. “Mr. Hathaway is my lot in life!”
As it turns out, Ariana’s family isn’t quite convinced that Mr. Hathaway, a rector in his late fifties, is God’s plan for her. She soon finds herself in London for a season with her wealthy and widowed aunt. A literal run in with the scheming Lady Covington leads to an unexpected tie with the roguish (handsome, and rich) Phillip Mornay. Can Ariana’s faith withstand her being thrown into the fire of London society?
Pride and Prejudice fans might argue that the Ariana/Phillip romance is a replica of the relationship between Lizzy and Darcy. Certainly, Phillip reminded me of Darcy. However, since I genuinely adore Darcy, I didn’t mind the similarities one bit. And I must admit that the storyline took a turn I didn’t quite expect.
Melissa has been captivated by books for as long as she can remember. She resides in Virginia and at her blog, Breath of Life.
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